Cupcakes were the hot-ticket item outside The Warehouse in New Plymouth yesterday for the SPCA's annual Cupcake Day appeal.
North Taranaki SPCA spokeswoman Jackie Poles Smith said the baked goodies had been sold at 12 stalls over the weekend, and had been so popular extra batches had to be made on Sunday.
"It's gone incredibly well, we sold over 1000 over the weekend," Mrs Poles Smith said.
"Last time we raised about $6000 and I wouldn't be surprised if we did more than that this year. It's been incredible."
Yesterday, volunteer Jackie Steele was co-ordinating a group of Devon Intermediate students at The Warehouse stall.
"We've been here for an hour or so and we've made about $70.
"We thought it would be very quiet but it's been excellent," she said.
"We've had people donate without actually purchasing a cupcake, it's been fantastic.
"They're just a gold coin donation but people have been giving lots more."
Mrs Poles Smith said part of what made Cupcake Day so successful was the community involvement.
"The cupcakes are all donated to us.
"Pauline Spragg from Remax baked over 600, Bidvest donated lots of ingredients, WITT students made over 300 incredible carrot cupcakes, and Nuala and Julian Hudson baked hundreds and hundreds after a young neighbour told them about it," she said.
"It's such a cool event because it's something anyone can help with.
"Some people have even baked some and sold them around their neighbourhood."
All of the proceeds from the stalls would go directly to the care of the animals, Mrs Poles Smith said.
- Zac Yates is a WITT journalism student
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